3 September 2015
GP2 Monza: All-new line-up for MP at Monza
MP Motorsport adds to the revised GP2 Series line-up, with a two-car reshuffle for the double-header in Italy this weekend.
MP Motorsport will field an all-new driver line-up for this weekend's event at Monza with René Binder and Meindert van Buuren lining up for the Anglo-Dutch squad.
Binder stands in for Daniël de Jong, injured at Spa last time out, while van Buuren is set to make his category debut in the sister car after stepping over from Formula Renault 3.5.
Following the dramatic high-speed accident in which he sustained a broken vertebrae, de Jong is currently recuperating at Formula Medicine in Italy with Dr Riccardo Ceccarelli, leaving a seat to be filled in the MP line-up. Binder takes over, bringing some GP2 Series experience after debuting in category at the tail-end of 2012. The Austrian has been a regular in the F1 support series since then, with several top ten finishes that includes a best of sixth place at Monaco in 2013.
“First of all, I am very happy that we found a friendly agreement with my former team, Trident, that allows me to take this new challenge with MP Motorsport,” the 23-year-old said, “The cards are reshuffled now, but I am quite confident. After missing Spa due to an infection, I can't wait to get back in a GP2 car on the high speed circuit of Monza. It is the perfect place to start from scratch.”
van Buuren, meanwhile, will make his debut in the GP2 category at the wheel of the MP Motorsport car piloted at both Silverstone and Spa by British racer Oliver Rowland. The 20-year old Dutchman, who has been competing in FR3.5 for the past couple of years, already has strong connections to Westmaas-based MP Motorsport, having raced to ninth position in the 2013 AutoGP championship with the team.
“I'm very happy to be making my GP2 debut with MP Motorsport at Monza, although I would have liked it to have happened under different circumstances with Daniël out injured – I wish him a speedy recovery,” van Buuren said, “It feels like coming home after having driven for MP in Formula Renault 2.0 and Auto GP and I want to thank the team for offering me this opportunity.
“With practice being so limited in GP2, I don't expect to be a frontrunner all at once, but MP has a great car and I've always gone well at Monza, so I'm very much looking forward to it.”
Team principal Sander Dorsman confirmed that while the reshuffle has come under a cloud, there are positive signs ahead.
“It's been a tough couple of weeks for everyone in the team after Daniël's accident at Spa, but he's doing really well and recovering nicely,” he reported, “We're very pleased to welcome both René and Meindert to the GP2 team, it's going to be interesting working with René for the first time and also giving Meindert his GP2 debut – we're very much looking forward to it.”
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